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The next two essays turn explicitly to politics, offering new perspectives on how the Civil War affected the political landscape of the late nineteenth century. J. Matthew Gallman rescues an important figure from historical obscurity. Anna Dickinson, a young feminist firebrand for the Union and the first woman to speak to a joint session of Congress in 1864, played a significant role in the 1872 presidential election. Gallman shows how Dickinson's support of the liberal ticket headed by the newspaper editor Horace Greeley drew upon deeply contested memories of the war for the Northern public. Patrick J. Kelly's essay on veterans continues this examination of the war in the nation's political culture by focusing on the complex interplay between Northern veterans' patriotism, welfare demands, and the policies of the Republican Party. Both essays emphasize the power of evoking memories of the war to effect political agendas.
Student Keyur Shah of Shelton, second from right, receives an award for his essay on veterans and democracy from a Newtown VFW post. On the far right is Mayor Mark Lauretti, who attended the awards ceremony, and among those congratulating him are state Sen. Tony Hwang, second from left, a Republican whose district includes Newtown.